IPSA Film Series: Good Fortune

Date: 10/15/2010
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Co-Sponsored by IPSA and WSAFA

This event is a collaboration with P.O.V., a PBS award-winning nonfiction film series.

Good Fortune is a provocative exploration of how massive international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. In Kenya’s rural countryside, Jackson’s farm is being flooded by an American investor who hopes to alleviate poverty by creating a multimillion-dollar rice farm. Across the country in Nairobi, Silva’s home and business in Africa’s largest shantytown are being demolished as part of a U.N. slum-upgrading project. The gripping stories of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development present a unique opportunity see foreign aid through eyes of the people it is intended to help. (By Landon Van Soest & Jeremy Levine)

After the film, participants will engage in discussions about our current development model and how practitioners in the field can make projects more beneficial for communities.

Panelists include Landon Van Soest, Director/Producer of the film, Jeremy Levine, Producer/Editor of the film,  Daniel Altman from Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a strategy and policy advisory firm specializing in international development and globalization, and Yamina Djacta from The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the United Nations agency for human settlements.